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Andaman Magic & Art Villas
SAMSAM, our MAGIC PLACE on the island of Yao Noi, follows in these footsteps. A haven of relaxation and comfort embedded in the purity of island nature, SAMSAM aims to be a source of inspiration for art lovers, connoisseurs, and those seeking contemplation and inner peace. We encourage visitors to Yao Noi to ask themselves: How does Thailand look, smell, taste and feel? How did influences from China, India, and the Malaysian Peninsula affect Thai culture, aesthetics and life? How do the different religions of Thai people coexist peacefully? And, most critically, how can this context inspire art and is it possible that art inspires the place and its people? The founders of SAMSAM are passionate art collectors, and wanted to share their enthusiasm by publicly displaying parts of their contemporary art collection – like many pieces from the contemporary Asian and South East Asian collection in SAMSAM Yao Noi – in many of your private, but also commonly used public spaces. These pieces encourage the viewers to ask questions, engage in dialogue with others in their travel party or themselves, stimulate discussions about the cultures and environments that surround SAMSAM and maybe back at home, and carve out unique experiences in memory. The SAMSAM Family believes that art is meant to inspire and stimulate the human mind, and provide an emotional outlet for both the artist and the observer. In the context of Yao Noi, art can enrich the path of quiet reflection and thought, acting as a backdrop or catalyst for the experience of the island, the smell of the sea, the vibrant jungle colors, the sound of birdsong…
Why Art
Marcel, What fascinates you about art?
We talked to Marcel, one of SAMSAM’s founders, about the collection of artwork and the inspiration to make art a focus at SAMSAM.
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SAMSAM Yao Noi currently shows more than 100 paintings and 20 sculptures.
Our Art
Get to know The Art in the Villas:
Villa Treetop
Villa Yat Petch
Villa Pasai
Villa Rimlay
Valley Meeting & Fitness Room
our special pieces
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Corinne Chauvet
Corinne Chauvet is a French artist whose works explore emotion, human gentleness, and joy. Most of her art is inspired by Buddhist or Shinto monks and detailed observations of the human face. These characters represent the positive side of ourselves that each of us could care to cultivate. Working mainly in bronze and clay gives the figures a feeling of life and energy, which the artist captures like a 3D-photograph. The viewer is easily charmed by the untamed, open and infectious laughter. The coexistence of Buddhism and Islam on the island of Yao Noi can be challenging, but is also intrinsic to its unique culture and charm. Remembering to smile, laugh and take joy in the moment is essential for tackling daily challenges as well as a good habit for life.
Corinne Chauvet
(French, B. 1973)
Kiushu & shikoku (Fujkata)
33 x 51 x 30 cm
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Yusof Ghani
Yusof Ghani is a Malaysian painter, sculptor, writer, scholar and curator. His career spans over three decades and a diverse body of work dealing with Southeast Asian motifs in an abstract expressionist approach. His work is often a blend of different mediums – painting and drawing, sculpture and collage – to form the finished striking products. The piece displayed in Villa Cortez at SAMSAM is a singular powerful painting from just one of his many series of artworks.
Yusof Ghani
(Malaysian, B. 1950)
183 x 152 cm
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Andres Barrioquinto
Andres Barrioquinto is a Filipino artist known for his surrealistic portraits layered with Japanese art symbols and patterns, often incorporating natural elements like flowers and butterflies. He is not limited to a single style with regards to his paintings, mixing features of surrealism and hyperrealism, but always executed with expert painting techniques. He experiments and shifts his approach, often expressing a darkness within his imagery. His sometimes disturbing but mesmerizing paintings and graphite etchings have gained him international acclaim. SAMSAM is honored to display one of his pop art oil paintings as well as one of his similarly themed sculptures.
Andres Barrioquinto
(Filipino, B. 1975)
Disco Robot
152 x 91 cm
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Sia Yong Koeh
Singaporean master Sia Yong Koeh’s artistic career spans over 50 years, and he is renowned for his versatility, producing everything from street scenes to cartoons to beautiful landscapes. He excels at capturing the feeling and ambiance of his subject with his realistic and expressive approaches and his expert use of contrasting light and darkness. His paintings often portray the rich cultures of Southeast Asia and its people, notably in Bali and Singapore. The oil painting shown at SAMSAM presents references to impressionist and post-impressionist masters, though often emphasizing bolder colors and emotions reflective of tropical surroundings.
Sia Yong Koeh
(Singaporean, B. 1938)
Bali Nude
75 x 90.5 cm
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Redy Rahadian
Redy Rahadian is an Indonesian sculptor famous for his signature welding technique. It allows him the freedom to bring the shapes, sizes, compositions, and proportions that he visualizes to life. Rahadian is passionate about introducing new ways to explore solid materials, capturing and honoring the unique qualities of each metal. He exposes the world to creations that are sometimes peculiar but wondrous. Rahadian’s sculpture at SAMSAM is indicative of his work in showing his fascination with materiality in art. These pieces are just a few examples of the artwork displayed all around SAMSAM to foster extraordinary visual and tactile experiences for our visiting guests.
Redy Rahadian
(Indonesian, B. 1973)
Kejarlah Keinginanmu
150 x 26 x 123 cm